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A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Katherine Kellgren
hr min
July 8

Customer Reviews

BetterBeBrillig ,

Your next intoxication

If you have missed being swept away by Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, and Tris Prior, let me introduce you to Kelsea Glynn; a driven realist, raised by caring foster parents who taught her compassion as well as justice. Within pages (or audio minutes) you find yourself cheering her on and campaigning in your heart for the same psycho & physical battles she has to fight.
The narration seems a bit over the top at first, but you understand why once you understand the world. The narrator's voice is resonant, diverse, and well textured as she smoothly goes from male to female, Cockney to American, Royal to wretch. The vocal variety and gesturing used by the narrator are expertly done and a lesson for anyone going into voice-over work.
After hearing book one, I had to read book two instead of listen to the audiobook; any other voices would cheapen the characterization.

Enjoy the ride.

Note: Be prepared for some adult material, strong use of language, extreme depiction of cruelty, and strong sexual subject matter. None of these are glorified or viewed as acceptable; it's interesting that, although this is in a different time and place, the social vices and cruelties depicted in this novel are very real in today's world and the novel evokes a need to seek out these injustices and put an end to social apathy.
Don't get me wrong: it's content isn't even close - not even in the same ballpark as Game of Thrones, but if made into a film, it would be rated R.

gb0923 ,

A Blockbuster!

This book is so good I'm going through it a second and then probably a third time right now. The story is gripping and suspenseful. It's about a queen raised in exile for protection and claiming the thrown upon her 19th birthday though she is hunted by the Red Queen and the Kaden. I found myself cheering for Kelsey and The Mase who is one of a kind. Very impressive - this book had a movie deal prior to even being published with David Yates directing and Emma Watson starring as the queen. I loved the narrator in this book she had such a strong accent and it just fit perfectly.

Taylins mommy ,

A New Series with Flavor

This author really has done a good job especially if this was her first novel which I think it is. The narrator was perfect and the story was non-stop suspense with lovable three dimensional characters. I can't wait for the last one!

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